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Paul McCartney Compared World's Reaction to COVID-19 to Britain's Reaction to WWII Aftermath

Lois Oladejo
Apr 16, 2020
02:30 A.M.
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Paul McCartney was a live caller on the last episode of the "Howard Stern Show" where he spoke about several issues, including the world's reaction to the novel coronavirus pandemic.


Listeners of the "Howard Stern Show" on SiriusXM were treated to a warm surprise when one of the world's greatest music legends, Paul McCartney, called into the show.

The legendary singer did his best to cheer up the show's listeners, while also taking time to answer questions about his musical legacy, the processes he took when writing his songs, and his time with "The Beatles."

Paul McCartney attends a in store autograph signing at Virgin Megastore Times Square on November 13, 2006. | Photo: Getty Images

Paul McCartney attends a in store autograph signing at Virgin Megastore Times Square on November 13, 2006. | Photo: Getty Images


Like most people, Paul McCartney has been badly affected by the pandemic, having had to cancel some of his scheduled concerts. He is currently in quarantine, away from his wife, who is on another side of the Atlantic.

However, all hope is not lost for the 77-year-old, who still believes that there is a silver lining somewhere, and compared the spirit shown by people in the face of the pandemic with that shown by people after World War II. He said:

"I'm from the generation that had just come out of World War II … and the spirit that they showed, you know, 'We'll get on with it, we'll do whatever's necessary...'"


McCartney said that it was the kind of spirit that people needed in the aftermath of the Second World War and that it is the same spirit that they are currently showing while battling the COVID-19 pandemic.

He also said that a lot of people were pulling together, adding that it was a great thing to do because it is what is needed at the moment, which, if not done, would lead to the end of the world.

The lyrics to the 1968 hit song was written by McCartney to console Julian Lennon.


In his usual fashion, show host Howard Stern began the show by asking the musical icon one of his signature questions, which is if McCartney was having sex while in quarantine.

McCartney didn't brush off the question but revealed that his wife was in New York, which wasn't a good thing because of the quarantine situation. He, however, added:

"I'm lucky in one respect in that I'm locked down in the country with my daughter [Mary] and her family. So that makes it better."


McCartney also explained that he and his wife, Nancy, were on holiday together before she headed back to New York to attend to some family matters, while he went back to England.

It was recently in the news that the lyrics Paul McCartney wrote for "The Beatles" song, "Hey Jude," sold for $910,000 at an auction, a price that was six times the actual estimate.

The lyrics sheet of "Hey Jude" were among the over 250 items that were auctioned to commemorate the 50th anniversary of "The Beatles" breakup.

The lyrics to the 1968 hit song was written by McCartney to console Julian Lennon, a young boy whose parents just got divorced.

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